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Thread #18331   Message #184894
Posted By: catspaw49
25-Feb-00 - 03:15 PM
Thread Name: Is there a future for traditional music
Subject: RE: Is there a future for traditional music
Welcome aboard Steve...join up.

What you need to know is that we have a running discourse around here on "The Meaning of Folk" and it has long history, to say the least. I would not be the one to imply that a lot of newly composed songs are "folk-like" (Rick Fielding's term) and that they don't have a future as traditional folk music.

My point above is that we are no longer a society of "singers" who create the songs to pass the work time. There are certainly some fine singer/songwriters whose works tell of modern times and modern problems and if these songs are passed along they will be our "future traditionals." But a lot of folks get really tired of the S/S whose songs are purported to be "folk" and yet relate only to themselves and are difficult to pass along as our experiences vary so greatly.

Technology has changed the way in which we use music, but it has also enhanced the way we can continue with the folk process and the oral tradition.